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Female Sexual Disorders

ByStephen J. Betchen, Heather L. Davidson

This chapter demonstrates how Master conflict therapy (MCT) could be used with a range of female sexual disorders. It highlights the most common female sexual dysfunctions in clinical practices: Female Orgasmic Disorder, Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder, and Female Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder. The wide range in prevalence of Female Orgasmic Disorder makes it hard to accurately assess its commonality. Nonmedical causes of Female Orgasmic Disorder may include: communication difficulties with a partner, fear, guilt, shame, lack of attraction, and a lack of education. Evidence-based treatment techniques for the disorder include cognitive behavioral strategies such as: identifying obstacles to orgasm, providing appropriate psychoeducation, masturbation exercises, increasing fantasy, developing more effective communication skills training, Sensate Focus exercises, and using mindfulness techniques. The diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders-5 (DSM-5) created the diagnosis of Female Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder by merging Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder with Female Sexual Arousal Disorder.